Gabriel Zanko

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In the Self-Driving Future, Cars Are the New Arcades

Autonomous cars are coming. By early next decade (sooner, if you believe Elon Musk), you'll climb in, enter your destination, and get back to …

Bonjour is a smart alarm clock powered by artificial intelligence

I hate my alarm clock, and I bet you hate yours. I mean, who doesn’t? They’re machines that drag you from your comfortable slumber into the cold drudgery of everyday life. Fuck everything about them.<p>I don’t think I could ever like an alarm clock. But could I be impressed by one? Sure I could. And …

Link plans to bring its free public gigabit Wi-Fi access points to the UK

Link is bringing its public access points to London, making it the first market outside of New York it will enter.<p>The LinkUK ‘Links’ kiosks are the product of a partnership with BT and will offer a number of free services, including gigabit Wi-Fi, two USB charging ports, maps and local information, …

Tablets

Could virtual and augmented reality ads be used to indoctrinate us?

When it comes to virtual and augmented reality, it’s not a question of if they will hit mainstream adoption, but when.<p>Virtual reality sales are expected to hit $1B this year and a recent Nielsen study even showed that 24 percent of consumers plan to purchase a VR device this year. From storytelling …

Sia v1.0.3 Comes Out, Aims At Revolution in Blockchain Cloud Storage

The usually quiet – but actively running – developers behind the decentralized cloud storage, Sia, have just released their most stable version yet: …

Multibillion-dollar startup Magic Leap is so stealthy that its engineers use a secret code for their notes

Nobody has ever taken a demo of its technology without signing an NDA first.<p>In fact, its employees are so paranoid they keep their own notes in code, so that people can't look over their shoulder while they're writing.<p>Adrian Kaehler, a former vice president at Magic Leap, is currently suing Magic …

Google Said to Tap Lazard to Review Potential Bid for Twitter

Google is working with a financial adviser to consider a potential bid for Twitter Inc., as the social-media company continues to explore a sale, …

More details emerge about Nokia's Android-powered comeback

Nokia’s decline has been heartbreaking to watch. But the Finnish company is planning a comeback with a line of all-new Android phones. One of these is the D1C, which recently found its way to GeekBench. This gives us an insight into what’s inside.<p>The D1C will use the new mid-tier, octa-core …

Mobile Technology

How startups can use open source software to compete against the big guys

Although established giants like Microsoft have proprietary software and systems, much of today’s internet is built on open source software. So it’s only natural that companies, startups in particular, are going to build their tools with it too.<p>Curious about how new companies are using open source …

Startups

Xiaomi launches the $69 Mi Box Android TV in the US

We first heard about the Mi Box way back in Google I/O 2016. It’s the cheapest Google Cast device to offer 4K HDR streaming at just $69. For comparison, the Nvidia Shield costs $200, and the rumored Chromecast 4K would cost the same, but include fewer features.<p>The main difference is that Chromecast …

Building the travel app that makes flying fun again

<i>This post was written by Tiago Luchini. Tiago is the Technology Partner at Work & Co, where he leads the software and development process from technical discovery through product launch. He has led engagements with Google, Apple, the NBA and Virgin America.</i><p>Complexity and friction often make …

Virgin America

Google, Facebook, Microsoft team up to clear the air about AI

In 2014, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in an interview that he believed that AI posed the biggest threat to human existence. That didn’t stop him from co-chairing a billion-dollar AI research nonprofit, but it did make people think about whether artificial intelligence could get out of …

Artificial Intelligence

Musk Urges Tesla to Adhere to ‘No Discount Policy’ for Sales

Elon Musk, responding to concerns that Tesla Motors Inc. was straying from a long-held policy against discounting its cars, urged in an e-mail to …

BitFury Lightening Network Successfully Tested with French Bitcoin Company

French Bitcoin technology company ACINQ has successfully tested and implemented leading Blockchain technology company Bitfury’s algorithm solution …

How startup bank Monzo is using a community-based marketing approach

Monzo, a U.K. challenger bank, is a rare example of a financial services business that’s taking a grassroots approach to marketing.<p>The startup, still …

Whole Foods Invests in Instacart at 2014 Valuation

As more Whole Foods customers choose to avoid the store and get groceries delivered to their homes through Instacart, the high-end supermarket chain …

WeWork Turns to New Business Model for India Expansion

As WeWork Cos. prepares to open its first location in India, the world's largest co-working startup is turning to a new business model that lets it …

Uber’s Chinese Rival Didi Buys Into Bicycle-Sharing Startup Ofo

Didi Chuxing, China’s answer to Uber, already dominates car-hailing in the country. Now it’s reverting to bicycles, once the nation’s traditionally …

Microsoft Supports Ethereum Classic, Hosts Meetup with Charles Hoskinson

Microsoft, an American multinational technology corporation, recently hosted an Ethereum Classic meetup joined by original Ethereum founder Charles …

Facebook Says It Gave Advertisers Inflated Video Metrics

Facebook Inc.’s rapid growth has been tightly linked to convincing advertisers that people are watching more videos on its social network. Now the …

Google unveils YouTube Go for video junkies on a data budget

At its Google for India event in New Delhi today, the company announced a new mobile app designed with users in India in mind: YouTube Go.<p>The app brings YouTube to your mobile device with a slew of options to help you save on your carrier’s data fees and to work in areas with poor …

Apps

Lemonade Starts Insurance Sales in N.Y. a Year After Founding

After raising last year’s largest round of seed funding, Lemonade Inc. plans to start offering insurance coverage in New York on Wednesday with the …

Get Ready for Freeways That Ban Human Drivers

New rules of the road for robot cars coming out of Washington this week could lead to the eventual extinction of one of the defining archetypes of …

You can now book an Uber in advance if you live in NYC

With Lyft, Gett, and Uber and others, New York City might just be the world’s most saturated ride-hailing market.<p>Uber’s users will be happy to know that starting today, you can book rides up to 30 days in advance through the app. When you book a car, you get timely reminders to make sure you don’t …

New York City

Amazon was so impressed with this Alexa-powered video intercom, it invested in the company

"I have a wife and three very active little boys who like to demolish everything and we wanted to put in an intercom system," Frankel told Business Insider. "The quote came back at $5,000 for literally the same one my parents had put in 20 years before: the beige, analog, ugly system."<p>Frankel …

Smart Homes

State Street and PeerNova Trial New Blockchain Prototype for Capital Tracking

PeerNova and State Street have been trialing a blockchain-enabled platform for the tracking and monitoring the flow of funds. The two partners …

AT&T invented a way to use power lines to deliver super-fast wireless internet

The project is only in its early test phases for now, and AT&T hasn't announced where and when it'll deploy it publicly. But based on the company's blog post announcing AirGig, it sounds like AT&T will likely target rural areas at first.<p>Gigabit internet is several times faster than the standard …

Wi-Fi

Simon Denny: Exploring the World of Blockchain Through Art

Reimagining traditional finance to dreaming of alternative, self-sovereign futures has become possible with blockchain technology.<p>That’s according to …